Police hunt for bogus ‘gardeners’

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elderly women have been targeted by callous crooks carrying out distraction burglaries in Doncaster over the past week.

Police are linking the crimes committed in Cusworth and Woodlands since last Thursday.

The first was on June 2 and the victim was an elderly woman who was gardening in her front garden on Mulberry Close, Cusworth, around 6pm when she was approached by two men.

They asked her if she would like any gardening work doing, she said no and they continued walking up Mulberry Close towards Cusworth Hall.

But when the woman went back into her house later in the evening, she noticed her jewellery box was missing.

The two men were both aged 18-20 and of medium build. One of them had a tanned appearance with short hair and the other had wavy hair. They were both wearing navy blue polo shirts with red emblems on the chest.

The second incident happened on Monday, June 6, on Ridge Balk Lane, Woodlands, when a man knocked at an elderly woman’s door around 1.20pm. He said he was from the council and needed to look at her hedges in the garden.

She led him around the back of her house, leaving the front door open, and a witness then saw two men walking down the drive into the house, before running out a short time later. It was later discovered that jewellery and cash had been stolen.

The man who knocked at the door was white, early 20s and slim. He was around 5ft 8ins with a thin face.

n Police are looking into the possibility that these two incidents could be linked and are urging anyone who may have information about either to call 0114 220 2020 quoting incident number 914 of June 2 or 547 of June 6.